JAMMU, Mar 15: Division Bench of the State High Court comprising Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur and Justice Sindhu Sharma has declined permission to the Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) to undertake construction of a commercial-cum-parking complex underneath the existing play field popularly known as Parade Ground.
After hearing Advocate Sachin Gupta appearing for JMC in a PIL titled Shambu Nath & Anr V/s Director General Sports and Ors wherein the JMC had moved an application seeking permission for the project, DB observed, “it needs to be highlighted that Parade Ground area is already a highly congested area with a lot of haphazard development over decades”.
“Construction of an underground shopping complex although with a provision for underground parking, might further lead to aggravating the situation and the directions issued in PIL No.20/2014 were aimed at protecting the interest of the youth who are using the playground for sports purposes”, the DB further observed.
Looking into the seriousness of the matter, DB appointed Advocate Sheikh Shakeel Ahmed as Amicus Curie for rendering assistance to the court on the issue. The Division Bench also issued notices to Chief Secretary, Director General Sports, Director General of Police and Parade Sports Association for filing response.